Knitty: little purls of wisdom
Miss Babs Yarn and Fiber
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This little shawlette is perfect for keeping you comfortable during the chilly spring nights or going in and out of air conditioning during the heat of the summer. It is a three-quarters square shape, allowing for draping around your shoulders or just throwing around your neck whatever way you’d like. 

The leaves on this little shawlette are a variation on the horseshoe pattern of Shetland lace from Barbara Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns and are reminiscent of summer trees with full foliage. The open edging evokes the feeling of branches and has the same stitch count as the leaf repeats, allowing for total size customization based on your yardage. The charts could also be used to make a triangular style shawl if the knitter preferred. In lighter laceweight it is perfect for spring and summer, but it could also be made in a fingering weight for fall when the leaves turn.


Forest Ridge is a good introduction to lace, with one easy body motif where every other row is straight purling, so don’t be afraid to get started!
spacer model: Mary Formo spacer photos: Eric Formo


Length of each outer edge: 28 inches
Depth at center of each triangular section: 14 inches



spacer Miss Babs Half-Yas [80% merino wool, 20% tussah silk; 625yd per 65g skein]; color: Violets; 1 skein
Note: Babs has created this putup especially for this pattern -- it's half of a regular skein of Yasmin. The shawl as shown used approx. 425 yards of Yasmin.

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer 1 US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 24 inches or longer

spacer Yarn needle
spacer Stitch markers



21 sts/42 rows = 4" in pattern, after blocking
Note: Gauge is not essential for this project.

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

S2KP: Slip next 2 sts together, knitwise, as if to work a k2tog. Knit next st, then pass both slipped sts together over st just knit. This forms a centered double decrease.

Information about blocking can be found here and here.

The chart for this pattern is very large and fits on a letter-sized page.
Click here and print the resulting page.

CO 9 sts.

P 1 row.

Set-up Row [RS]: Sl 1, k1, *place marker, work Row 1 of Chart A, place marker, k1; repeat from * twice more, k1. 15 sts.

Six markers have been placed. These markers divide the shawl into three sections, each section separated from the next by a single knit stitch. First and last 2 sts are worked in garter st.

When working from charts as instructed below, work as follows:

RS rows: Sl 1, k1, slip marker, [work chart row, slip marker, k1, slip marker] twice, work chart row, slip marker, k2.

WS rows: Sl 1, k1, p to last 2 sts, k2.

Work Rows 2-14 of Chart A. 51 sts.

Work Rows 1-10 of Chart B nine times. 321 sts.

Note: To change size of shawl, work more or fewer repeats of Chart B.

Work Rows 1-22 of Chart C.
387 sts.

BO Row [RS]: P2tog, *sl st from right needle to left needle, p2tog; repeat from * until all sts have been bound off.


Weave in ends. Block to measurements given.


Mary is a new mom who likes hats and lace shawls.  She can be found on Ravelry as knittingmaryly, and occasionally blogs.  This is her first design in Knitty.